Spoonflower Give Away Winner….

So the winner of the Spoonflower fabric give away is……….

So that means Bri from the awesome blog Me, You & a Wiener  is the winner!   Knowing Bri’s track record of creating awesomeness, I am excited to see how she works her mojo on the fabric!

However, for those of you who didn’t win, remember that I have ANOTHER give away going on right now!  Be sure to enter my drawing for an awesome modern/vintage tea set.  I am a giving machine this month — all you gotta do is enter…..

Results from Spoonflower Project & Give Away

A few weeks ago, I entered the realm of trying to create my own textiles with the help of the online textile site Spoonflower.  I received the results of my endeavor and lets just say that it was not the look I was going for…..

Spoonflower "Fat Quarter" of Design

It isn’t bad – actually I think the moorish tile design I created is quite cute BUT…….I was trying to create a design that was similar to Windsor Smith’s Riad pattern.  Looking at the designs side by side, you can see I am WAY OFF in color and scale…..

As you can see, there is no comparison.  My design pales in comparison, but I think it can be saved with some tweaking to the repeat and scale.  Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to do another go around since this “experiment” took over a month to get back to me from Spoonflower.  That would be my only compliant — the normal turn around time for a sample is over a month, so you need to budget at least 1.5-2 months to get your custom fabric plus time to have it made into whatever you intended.  I know you can pay for expedited shipping, but at a month’s duration, it is almost not worth it from the stance of downtime.

So I am switching direction and going to stencil the fabric with the same trellis design from my living room accent wall.  It is very similar in scale and shape of the Windsor Smith fabric plus I can do it at a fraction of the cost.  If my estimates are correct, I can get 6 Ikea linen panels for around $200 and the stencil is $50, plus fabric paint and the total cost should be under $300.  On the flip side, purchasing the yardage I need for the Windsor Smith fabric would set us back $1400-1800 – so not in the budget.

However, since I am not going to use the Spoonflower remanent, I am going to give it away.  Leave a comment below as well as a way to contact you.  The give away is through May 10 midnight.  Hopefully one of you crafty and glorious folk turn my mistake into a prize!

Upcoming Project: Slipcovering Dining Chairs

Happy Belated Easter!

This week I am traveling for work and pleasure…mostly work, but a boy’s gotta have a little bit of fun right?  In between school, design projects and running the household, I am stretched pretty thin at the moment.  Fortunately, classes end for a month in two weeks and one design project is winding down, so I have a bit of a breather.

So with this bit of down time, I can focus on at least one household project……slipcovering my dining room chairs.  Don’t get me wrong — I LOVE my dining room chairs…….

The Miles Chair from Room and Board is a versatile chair; slim in profile, they look fantastic with my glass dining table and equally awesome when pulled out to the patio for a casual dinner.  However, I don’t think the chairs were meant for the heavy wear and tear that I have subjected them to along with intense hours in direct sun thanks to my sliding glass wall.  The backs of two of the chairs is starting to warp and bubble and one has a small tear in the leather.


So I have two options: (1) replace the damaged chairs and at $175 a pop, that is an expensive proposition or (2) slipcover these bad boys.  By now, y’all should know that I like to look at the frugal option  before parting with my cold hard cash.  Slipcovers it is.  But slipcovers can quickly spiral out of control and I could find myself spending a butt load (yes that is an official designer term in my book) on fabric and labor.

Fortunately, I visited my favorite discount fabric store and found this fantastic indoor/outdoor fabric in an oversized leaf motif:

The fabric is a fantastic mix of butter yellow, greige and green — it sounds odd but in the kitchen, it adds a fantastic pop of pattern and looks great with the teal in the pantry.  But the cincher is that the fabric is $8/yard.  I estimate that it will take 2 yards of fabric per chair so it cost me $100 for fabric and about $100-$150 for labor.  For a grand total of $250 or slightly more than replacing one chair, I can get basically six new chairs and a whole new look for the kitchen.

Now I just have to put this plan into motion…….and that is always the difficult part isn’t it?

So do you have a killer fabric you are dying to use in your home?  Share it in a comment!